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468.02   Thomas Easterly: The Destruction of Big Mound (1853-1854)
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468.01   North and Central America >  Improving content on US states 
We are seeking to extend the information and examples we can share on this American state.
  • The introduction of photography - The earliest known photographs of this state/territory and who was involved.
  • Documentary - Significant documentary, expedition or scientific studies - funded by government, industrial, religious groups or charities. Perhaps there have been studies of civil engineering projects, urban renewal and railroad construction. If you know where images can be obtained from let us know.
  • Regional photographic societies - Details on any societies and camera clubs that have been significant.
  • Publications - Local books, directories, journals and articles which you consider are significant in understanding this region. Particularly interested in early illustrated books, portfolios and albums. Images of the covers are useful.
  • Photographic studios - Both historic and contemporary studios along with photographs of them and any photography-related advertising .
  • Photographers - Listings and biographies of important local photographers and those who visited.
  • Anecdotes - Stories about local photographers, studios, collectors or perhaps the story behind a single photograph.
  • Collections - Contact details for collections that you know contain work that should be better known. Are there collections that you know which are at risk? If you own photography collections let us know (This will not be made public without your permission.)
  • Newspapers / magazines - Early examples where their use of photography was innovative or historically significant.
  • Photography in popular culture - Cartoons, tales, songs, poems, superstitions and stories.
  • Unusual - Is there anything unusual that you know about in the history of photography of this region?
  • Experts - Names of any specialists in the photo-history of this state. Have you written about this state and have something you would like to share? (This will not be made public without your permission and please include yourself if you feel it is appropriate.)
These points are indicative of topics that could be included on this page.
If you are able to assist in any way it is appreciated.
468.02   North and Central America >  Thomas Easterly: The Destruction of Big Mound (1853-1854) 
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"The Big Mound" was the largest of a group of 27 Indian platform mounds built by the Mississippian culture (900-1300 A.D.). When the French first occupied the region it was called "La Grange de Terre" (Earthern Barn) and it was a man-made structure around 30 feet high and 150 feet long. As the city of St. Louis expanded it was decided to level "The Big Mound" and use it as a source of back fill and clay for brick-making.
Local Daguerreotypist Thomas Easterly[1] had photographed Big Mound. Fifth and Mound Streets, St. Louis in 1852-1854 and when the destruction of the mound was carried out in 1869 he took a series of daguerreotypes, an already archaic process, to document the event.[2] 

  1. Λ Delores A. Kilgo, 1994, Likeness and Landscape: Thomas M. Easterly and the Art of the Daguerreotype, (University of New Mexico Press) 
  2. Λ The daguerreotypes are in the Thomas Easterly Collection of the Missouri Historical Society.


HomeContents > Further research

General reading 
Piston, William Garrett & Sweeney, Thomas P., 2009, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War, (University of Arkansas Press) isbn-10: 1557289131 isbn-13: 978-1557289131 [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Thomas Easterly 
Kilgo, Delores A., 1994, Likeness and Landscape: Thomas M. Easterly and the Art of the Daguerreotype, (University of New Mexico Press) isbn-10: 1883982049 isbn-13: 978-1883982041 [Δ
Joel Meyerowitz 
Meyerowitz, Joel, 1980, St. Louis and the Arch, (Boston: Bulfinch Press) [Δ
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